5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Very well written and acted.
Gordon Cheatham (cheathamg) from California
22 August 2006
This is a film about a television show. At least a television show is
the starting point for the trilogy of stories that comprise the
narrative. It was a television show that was originally a radio show
that was very popular on radio in the forties and then moved into TV.
The American public loved it. Ordinary people got the chance at a brief
moment of celebrity with a chance of winning their heart's desire. A
small group of women would be selected from the audience and each would
describe her life and ask for something she needed. In a sense, the
show was a precursor for reality shows like Jerry Springer's, although
not nearly as crass. The stories were written by three of the top
American writers working at the time: Dorothy Parker, John Ashworth and
Faith Baldwin. They were all excellent snapshots of contemporary
American life. Baldwin's story concerned a man and wife and their small
son. Their lives seem idyllic until tragedy strikes. Ashworth's story
is about a young man willing to place himself in extreme danger in
order to make his way in the world. Parker's pen was always dipped in
acid and she was never happier that when she was ridiculing the class
of people she knew too well. Parker's story was entitled, "Horsie". It
concerned a nurse hired as a nanny for a newborn. The family was too
rich and stylish to ever attend to the mundane details of taking care
of the child themselves. They poke malicious fun at their sweet,
innocent, unsuspecting nanny, simply because she is unattractive and
unsophisticated. She doesn't know she is the butt of their jokes and
thinks they are wonderful. The story does not make fun of poor "Horsie"
as they call her. It is not "Horsie" who is depicted as being pathetic.
The film is perhaps sentimental to a fault but it is so well done, that
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